Call for evidence: First phase of online safety regulation

  • Start: 06 July 2022
  • Status: Open
  • End: 13 September 2022

We are seeking evidence to strengthen our understanding of the range of approaches and techniques platforms can employ to help them meet their proposed duties under the Online Safety Bill.

Under the Online Safety Bill, services that host user-generated content and search engines will be required to have systems and processes in place to protect individuals from certain types of online harm.

Today we have published a roadmap, setting out our plans for implementation of online safety regulation. This call for evidence is focused on the matters that, as set out by our roadmap, will be included in our first consultation in 2023 – namely mitigations around illegal content, assessment of the risk of harm from illegal content, child access assessments and transparency requirements.

We would like to hear from businesses, organisations and groups that are able to provide evidence around our questions, including providers whose services are likely to fall within scope of the online safety framework, as well as regulators, academics, civil society organisations, consumer representatives and other stakeholders with interest and expertise in this area.

If you have questions about this call for evidence, please get in touch with

Responding to this call for evidence

Please submit responses using the response form (ODT, 55.7 KB). It is not necessary to respond to every question or prompt, and clearly evidenced and justified submissions will be the most helpful in advancing our understanding of the questions.

When responding, please be aware that we are not seeking links to or copies/screenshots of content that is illegal to hold, such as child sexual abuse. Deliberately viewing such images may be a criminal offence and will be reported to the police.

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